Events, Meetings & Announcements


City of Atlanta Parks 2017 Budget Hearing

May 4 - Atlanta City Hall - 1pm

Grab your green t-shirts and mark your calendars - budget season kicks off on May 4th! In a recent meeting with City of Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Amy Phuong, we learned that the budget for parks operations and maintenance could face a cutback, or at best, a continuation of current funding levels in 2017. On May 4th, Commissioner Phuong will present the proposed parks budget to Atlanta City Council at 1 P.M. We need park advocates to join us at City Hall (55 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303) to illustrate to City Council that there is a large constituency of Atlantans who care for parks. We need to increase, not decrease, funding for park operations and maintenance! Please let Ayanna Williams, Director of Community Building, know if you're able to attend (ayanna@parkpride.org). And don't forget to wear your green!

Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable: Imagining Atlanta's Regional Waterfront

May 6 - All Saints' Episcopal Church - 7:30am

The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) convenes once a month to discuss the region's current environmental issues. In May, panelists will discuss "Imagining Atlanta's Regional Waterfront": unseen and largely inaccessible in the Atlanta region, the Chattahoochee River south of the National Recreation Area has become an abstract water source for area residents. By reconsidering our riverfront as a place where community and nature can coexist, this 53-mile corridor can offer multi-generational destinations for research, culture, agriculture and habitats that will thrive in conjunction with places to play, meet, shop and work. For more information and to register, visit the SART website.  

Candler Park Movie Night: Goosbumps

May 7 - Candler Park - Dusk

Join the Friends of Candler Park for a FREE movie night in the park! Join us in Candler Park in front of the pool house at dusk on Saturday, May 7 to watch "Goosbumps." Blankets and picnics encouraged, though food options are available for sale. For more information, visit the Friends of Candler Park website.

May with Mary: Historic Fourth Ward Park

May 8 - Historic Fourth Ward Park - 1pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 8th, meet Mary at Historic Fourth Ward Park (664 Angier Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308) from 1-3pm.  

May with Mary: Knight Park | Howell Station

May 8 - Knight Park - 4pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 8th, meet Mary at Knight Park in Howell Station (1194 Church St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318) from 4-6pm.

Friends of the Park Meeting

May 11 - South Bend Park - 7:30am

On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, Park Pride brings together community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy. Representatives from dozens of Friends of the Park Groups, park conservancies and the parks department visit a different park to learn more about the community efforts in that park, discuss current park and greenspaces issues and support each other in efforts to improve our parks and park system. This month, we'll meet at the large pavilion at South Bend Park (1955 Compton Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315) from 7:30 - 9 A.M.

4th Annual ATLS Symposium

May 11 - GSU Centennial Hall - 8:30am

For the fourth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium, scholars and activists are invited to learn from and act on research about Atlanta's mobilities, including that of its central city and the broader metropolitan area. This free event will be held at the Georgia State University Centennial Hall from 8:30a.m..-6:30p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph Crespino, a professor of history at Emory University. For more information and to register for the symposium visit https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/atlantastudies/symposia.

Walk Chastain PATH Ribbon Cutting

May 13 - Chastain Park Tennis Center - 11am

Join the Chastain Park Conservancy for the ribbon cutting of the newly widened PATH called Walk Chastain. A short program will take place at the Chastain Park Tennis Center at 11am on Friday, May 13th before the ribbon is cut at the trail head on Powers Ferry. We hope to see you there!

Friends of Chapel Hill Park Fundraiser

May 13 & 14 - Chapel Hill Park

The Friends of Chapel Hill Park are hosting a community yard sale fundraiser for the park on Friday, May 13 (noon-6pm) and Saturday, May 14 (10am-6pm). The event will be held at the park (3985 LeHigh Blvd, Decatur, GA 30034) and all funds will benefit the final phase of capital park improvements! Volunteers are needed - contact Samantha Taylor at juneybug@gmail.com. For more information or to become a vendor, call 404-786-5464.

May with Mary: Bessie Branham Park

May 14 - Bessie Branham Park - 1pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 14th, meet Mary at Bessie Branham Park (2051 Kirkwood Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30317) from 1-3pm.

Play Mobile!

May 14 - H4W Skate Park - 1pm

The City of Atlanta's Play Mobile (also known as a recreation center on wheels!) will travel throughout Atlanta this summer to neighborhoods without static recreation centers and activate free play for all Atlanta youth! From 1-4pm, Parks and Recreation leaders will guide free activities and games for children at the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park. The Play Mobile will be active in parks across Atlanta through all of May and June - visit the City of Atlanta website for the most up-to-date schedule!

May with Mary: Candler Park

May 14 - Candler Park - 4pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 14th, meet Mary at Candler Park (1500 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307) from 4-6pm.

Lindsay Street Park Clean & Green

May 14 - Lindsay Street Park - 9am

The Friends of Lindsay Street Park (Lindsay St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314) are hosting a park cleanup day on Saturday, May 14th from 9a.m.-noon. Volunteer activities will include weeding, mulching, and trash pickup. Light refreshments will be provided! After the volunteer event, join in on a Friends of the Park meeting to learn how you can make your new park cleaner and safer and help plan upcoming park activities!

Play Mobile!

May 15 - Candler Park - 1pm

The City of Atlanta's Play Mobile (also known as a recreation center on wheels!) will travel throughout Atlanta this summer to neighborhoods without static recreation centers and activate free play for all Atlanta youth! From 1-4pm, Parks and Recreation leaders will guide free activities and games for children at Candler Park. The Play Mobile will be active in parks across Atlanta through all of May and June - visit the City of Atlanta website for the most up-to-date schedule!

May with Mary: English Park

May 15 - English Park - 1pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 15th, meet Mary at English Park (1350 Bolton Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30331) from 1-3pm.

May with Mary: Reverend James Orange Park

May 15 - Rev. James Orange Park - 4pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 15th, meet Mary at Reverend James Orange Park (1300 Oakland Drive SW, Atlanta GA 30310) from 4-6pm.

Atlanta's Wonderful Nature Reception

May 19 - Atlanta City Hall - 4pm

Join Eco-A to celebrate "Atlanta's Wonderful Nature" at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium (55 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303) for the opening reception on Thursday, May 19 from 4-6:30pm. The show will feature the work of photographers who had taken part in Eco-A's nature walks throughout the year, plus comments about nature and the photographers' experiences. The show will remain in the atrium through May 27th. For more information about the reception or how to submit photos, visit the Eco-A website.

Play Mobile!

May 21 - Four Corners Park - 1pm

The City of Atlanta's Play Mobile (also known as a recreation center on wheels!) will travel throughout Atlanta this summer to neighborhoods without static recreation centers and activate free play for all Atlanta youth! From 1-4pm, Parks and Recreation leaders will guide free activities and games for children at Four Corners Park. The Play Mobile will be active in parks across Atlanta through all of May and June - visit the City of Atlanta website for the most up-to-date schedule!

May with Mary: Peachtree Hills Park

May 21 - Peachtree Hills Park - 1pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 21st, meet Mary at Peachtree Hills Park (308 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305) from 1-3pm.

May with Mary: Chastain Park

May 21 - Chastain Park - 4pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 21st, meet Mary at Chastain Park (135 West Wieuca Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30342) from 4-6pm.

Play Mobile!

May 22 - Piedmont Park - 1pm

The City of Atlanta's Play Mobile (also known as a recreation center on wheels!) will travel throughout Atlanta this summer to neighborhoods without static recreation centers and activate free play for all Atlanta youth! From 1-4pm, Parks and Recreation leaders will guide free activities and games for children at Piedmont Park. The Play Mobile will be active in parks across Atlanta through all of May and June - visit the City of Atlanta website for the most up-to-date schedule!

May with Mary: John A. White Park

May 22 - John A. White Park - 1pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 22nd, meet Mary at John A. White Park (1053 Cascade Circle SW, Atlanta, GA 30311) from 1-3pm.

May with Mary: West Manor Park

May 22 - West Manor Park - 4pm

Atlanta City Council Member, Mary Norwood, is spending May sharing the beauty of Atlanta's parks! Her tour will visit a park in each Council District, and she and her staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. On May 22nd, meet Mary at West Manor Park (3240 West Manor Circle SW, Atlanta, GA 30311) from 4-6pm.

Candler Park Music & Food Festival

June 3 & 4 - Candler Park

Tickets are now on sale for the Candler Park Music & Food Festival! A portion of ticket revenues will support the festival's philanthropic beneficiaries including Atlanta Parks Department, Candler Park - Lake Claire Security Patrol & the Candler Park Conservancy. The 5K race associated with the festival will benefit Atlanta ContactPoint. More information and ticket sales at the festival website.

Park Pride's Community Garden Tour

June 4 - Truly Living Well - 9am

Join us and be inspired by what's growing in Atlanta and to network with local garden enthusiasts! Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, or simply interested in learning more about community gardens in Atlanta, this tour will provide plenty of insight and inspiration! This tour will visit four community gardens and urban farms on Atlanta's westside. Members of each garden will be on site to provide an overview of their garden and to answer your questions. Come fall in love with our growing community and our city! Register today ($20/person).

Atlanta Streets Alive!

June 12 - Peachtree Street - 2pm

Atlanta Streets Alive opens streets for people by temporarily closing them to cars to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. Bring your bike or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a more livable way. Streets Alive on Sunday, June 12 will run from 2-6pm, down Peachtree St from Downtown to Midtown. For more information, visit the Atlanta Streets Alive website.

Park Pride's Play Day at Rev. James Orange Park!

June 18 - Rev. James Orange Park - 10am

Park Pride's Play Day is a FREE, fun-filled day of sports, fitness, nutrition, education, arts, and sustainable initiatives where local coaches and organizations come together to facilitate activities, drills and games for various sports. Everyone is invited to join the fun as we celebrate the "Year of Play!"! Join the Park Pride and Atlanta ContactPoint at Reverend James Orange Park on June 18 from 10am - 2pm to play and connect with your community! This is a free event, but please let us know if you're coming by registering.

Atlanta BeltLine Play Day at West End Park

July 16 - West End Park

Play Day is a FREE, fun-filled day of sports, fitness, nutrition, education, arts, and sustainable initiatives where local coaches and organizations come together to facilitate activities, drills and games for various sports. Everyone is invited to join the fun! Join the Atlanta BeltLine and Atlanta ContactPoint at West End Park on July 16 to play and connect with your community!  For more information, visit the Play Day website.

Candler Park Movie Night: The Great & Powerful

August 6 - Candler Park - Dusk

Join the Friends of Candler Park for a FREE movie night in the park! Join us in Candler Park in front of the pool house at dusk on Saturday, August 6 to watch "The Great & Powerful." Blankets and picnics encouraged, though food options are available for sale. For more information, visit the Friends of Candler Park website.

Candler Park Movie Night: Big Hero 6 - RO Credit

August 20 - Candler Park - Dusk

Join the Friends of Candler Park for a FREE movie night in the park! Join us in Candler Park in front of the pool house at dusk on Saturday, August 20 to watch "Big Hero 6 - RO Credit." Blankets and picnics encouraged, though food options are available for sale. For more information, visit the Friends of Candler Park website.

Candler Park Movie Night: McFarland USA

Sept. 17 - Candler Park - Dusk

Join the Friends of Candler Park for a FREE movie night in the park! Join us in Candler Park in front of the pool house at dusk on Saturday, Spetember 17 to watch "McFarland USA." Blankets and picnics encouraged, though food options are available for sale. For more information, visit the Friends of Candler Park website.

Park Pride's Play Day at Collier Heights Park

Sept. 24 - Collier Heights Park - 10am

Park Pride's Play Day is a FREE, fun-filled day of sports, fitness, nutrition, education, arts, and sustainable initiatives where local coaches and organizations come together to facilitate activities, drills and games for various sports. Everyone is invited to join the fun as we celebrate the "Year of Play!"! Join the Park Pride and Atlanta ContactPoint at Collier Heights Park on September 24 from 10am - 2pm to play and connect with your community! This is a free event, but please let us know if you're coming by registering!

Atlanta Streets Alive!

Sept. 25 - Eastside - 2pm

Atlanta Streets Alive opens streets for people by temporarily closing them to cars to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. Bring your bike or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a more livable way. Streets Alive on Sunday, September 25 will run from 2-6pm,and connect four Atlanta eastside neighborhoods including Virginia Highlands, Atkins Park, Little Five Points, and Poncey-Highlands. For more information, visit the Atlanta Streets Alive website.

Oct. 8 - Boulevard Crossing

Play Day is a FREE, fun-filled day of sports, fitness, nutrition, education, arts, and sustainable initiatives where local coaches and organizations come together to facilitate activities, drills and games for various sports. Everyone is invited to join the fun! Join the Atlanta BeltLine and Atlanta ContactPoint at Boulevard Crossing on October 8 to play and connect with your community!  For more information, visit the Play Day website.

Atlanta Streets Alive!

Oct. 23 - Peachtree Street - 2pm

Atlanta Streets Alive opens streets for people by temporarily closing them to cars to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. Bring your bike or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a more livable way! Streets Alive on Sunday, October 23 will run from 2-6pm, down Peachtree Street from Downtown to Midtown. For more information, visit the Atlanta Streets Alive website.